Lauffer and Poplar Hill Equine’s
Persuading challenged for the lead at the quarter-pole, battled with Hidden
Value down the Churchill Downs stretch and edged clear inside the sixteenth
pole to win the $66,836 Sunday feature beneath the Twin Spires by 1 ¼
lengths. Also on the program, Ready’s Rocket won his 10th race at
Churchill Downs, which is a modern-day record.
Stables LLC’s Hidden Value broke out
to an early five-length lead and set fractions of :23.55, :47.40 and :1:11.54,
while Persuading was rated in fourth under Jesus Castanon. A 4-year-old
daughter of Broken Vow, Persuading hooked Hidden Value at the top of the
stretch and battled with that rival until finally gaining an advantage at the
sixteenth pole and held off a belated run from Sweetest Song.
by Dale Romans, Persuading covered the mile on a muddy Churchill Downs
track in 1:36.75. The race was originally scheduled for the Matt Winn Turf
Course, but early morning showers caused the race to be moved to the main
broke as the even-money favorite and returned mutuels of $4.20 and $2.40. James
B. Tafel LLC’s Sweetest Song finished second to return $2.80. There was no
show wagering offered on the race. The victory was worth $40,920 and increased
Persuading’s bankroll to $245,532 with a record of 4-3-2 from 15 starts.
Deann Baer, Margaret Woodside and Tim Glyshaw’s Ready’s
Rocket captured his 10th victory beneath the Twin Spires in winning Sunday’s
first race under Calvin Borel. Ready’s Rocket has more Churchill Downs
wins than any other horse since 1991, which is the first year detailed
information was gathered by Equibase.